A new report released today demonstrates a link between usage of Discovery Education streaming and higher achievement scores. Based on two years of reporting, the data show that frequent usage of Discovery Education streaming is associated with higher achievement scores in grades 3-8 in math and reading.
The research was completed by Cometrika, an independent research firm, and led by Dr. Frank Boster. The study focused on 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 school year data from 7,500 school buildings in Texas, Indiana and Florida. State-level department of education achievement data and Discovery Education streaming data for building-level usage was used to correlate building-level, high-stakes test results for grades 3-8 in math and reading and the frequency of use of Discovery Education streaming within each building.
"My analyses indicate that Discovery Education streaming positively affected achievement scores," said Dr. Boster. "The impact the digital media service had on every level of student achievement was statistically significant."
Several key findings from the study are:
- 710 schools that used Discovery Education streaming were included in the Indiana data. Evidence for Indiana from grades 3-8 showed that more frequent Discovery Education streaming use was associated with higher achievement scores, with a mean percent increase in achievement of 5.2 percent, and higher in the lower grades.
- In Texas, a total of 5,478 schools that used Discovery Education streaming were included in the review. There was evidence that more frequent Discovery Education streaming use was associated with higher achievement scores, a mean percent increase in achievement for grades 3-8 of 7.9 percent.
- 1,337 schools that used Discovery Education streaming were included in the Florida database. Increased Discovery Education streaming usage was associated with a mean percent increase in achievement of 7.4 percent.
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